Lake Powell created a new realm for anglers. Before Glen Canyon Dam was built, the Colorado River was so full of silt that only suckers, bonytails, and chubs who had adapted to its conditions over eons of time could survive in its murky waters.
The need to protect these native endangered fish is the highest priority of the National Park Service. That does not change the fact that abundant game fish now thrive in the clear waters of Lake Powell. Introduced species such as bass and crappie as well as walleye, bluegill, and catfish challenge the avid fisherman.
Lake Powell Fishing
Lake Powell is filled with enough fishing holes to keep any angler busy, but you should know where fishing is prohibited before dropping your line.
Lake Powell straddles the border of Utah and Arizona, so make sure you have a valid Utah and/or Arizona fishing license. It is your responsibility to know and follow each state’s laws and rules for Lake Powell.
AZ portion: All persons 10 years of age and older must have a valid fishing license.
2020 Possession Limits
Colorado River Fishing
Arizona fishing license required. Youth under the age of 10 may fish without a license. Visit Arizona Game & Fish for full regulations.
From Glen Canyon Dam to the beginning of Paria Riffle (Lees Ferry)
From Paria Riffle to Navajo Bridge
From Navajo Bridge to Separation Canyon
Last updated: April 1, 2020